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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:00 pm

The Santa Fe County government’s insurance company, One Beacon, will pay $750,000 in legal fees to the O Centro Espirita Beneficente União do Vegetal (UDV) church under terms of an agreement approved Tuesday that settles a land-use dispute.

The conflict arose last year after the county denied a request by the Santa Fe branch of UDV — a Christian-based religion with origins in Brazil — to build a temple in Arroyo Hondo south of the city. Area residents opposed the project, citing concerns over traffic, water use and the group’s practice of using a hallucinogenic tea as its sacrament.

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  • mcmanuseggers posted at 7:58 am on Wed, May 15, 2013.

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    The County will continue to pay out fees for bad land use decisions unless the BCC finalizes the New Land Code. This project has been on going for 3 years and no individual or entity has any idea what direction to take concerning land uses. Lots of time and $ has been spent on the new Sustainable Land code and once again, nothing has been completed.

     
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